Round 2: Southern Storm vs. Desert Blaze at Cazalys Arena
Needing 11 runs to win off the last over, Southern Storm’s Dean Fry and Brodie Symonds powered the Storm home to secure victory in a hard-fought match.
The see-sawing game came down to the last ball where the Storm scraped through for a single to win after a run-out chance at the bowler’s end narrowly missed the stumps.
It was captain Mac Wright who starred for the Storm scoring an excellent 73, opening the batting, to take his side to 7/146 before being dismissed.
Thereafter, it was the match-saving 68-run partnership of Fry and Symonds to get the Storm over the line at 7/214 passing Desert Blaze’s total of 8/213.
For the Blaze, Hayden Kerr hit a tremendous 73 after arriving at the crease at 2/9 while Jackson Isakka (41) and Jack White (31) contributed strongly.
Josh Kann (2/33 off 10 overs) and Symonds (3/39 off eight overs) were the standouts for the Storm in the first innings.
Off-spinning duo, Corey Rocchiccioli (2/31 off 10 overs) and Hamish Martin (3/31 off 9 overs) bowled outstandingly for the Blaze.
This win keeps the Storm undefeated and puts them on top of the Strike League ladder.
Round 2: Northern Tide vs. City Cyclones at DXC Arena
After a shaky start at 3/37 with the bat, the Northern Tide dominated for the rest of the day to defeat the City Cyclones convincingly.
The Tide posted a solid total of 9/269 after 50 overs thanks to half-centuries from Corey Hunter (75), Jason Sanga (72) and Isaac Higgins (52).
Jackson Edmondstone’s 3/47 off nine overs featured the wickets of all half-century makers while Kane Hurley’s 4/40 off nine overs included the wickets of both Tide opening batsmen.
For the Cyclones, Josh Neill opened the batting nicely, hitting nine fours for his score of 55.
The bowling and fielding of the Tide was excellent across the board with Lochie Bangs, Noah McFadyen, Austin Umpherston and Callum Stow taking two wickets each along with two team runouts.
Tide wicketkeeper batsmen Matthew Gilkes took five catches to help the Tide bowl the Cyclones out for 144.